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Rose Garden at Mumbai University

art-and-culture Updated: Jun 05, 2009 21:38 IST
Chesta Wadhwani
Chesta Wadhwani
Hindustan Times
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On the occasion of World Environment Day, Mumbai University’s Kalina Campus will welcome a new member. A rose garden will be inaugurated at the entrance of the University by MMRDA commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad and pro-vice chancellor AD Sawant today.

In order to raise awareness about the growing climatic changes, for the first time in its 150-year-old history, the University has grown a rose garden in the Kalina campus with over 10,000 varieties of the flower.

Commenting on beautifying the campus, pro-vice chancellor, and the president of the a Mumbai Rose Society (MRS), Sawant said, “The Mumbai Rose Society (MRS) is our partner in beautifying the campus. The rose garden is a move for students to come forward and help in environmental causes.”

The campus currently has a couple of small beds in front of the convocation hall in Fort and another one at the vice-chancellor’s bungalow with around 50 plants.

The symbol of love and happiness, the rose is an internationally acclaimed flower with scientific relevance as well. The rose plant can absorb 100 cubic foot of carbon dioxide and give out 60 per cent of it as oxygen. The location of the rose
garden at the university is an ideal one, as it is open to the sky that will fetch the flowers ample sunlight.